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st: Identify Categorical/Dichotomous and Continuous Variables


From   fgallo@wnec.edu
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Identify Categorical/Dichotomous and Continuous Variables
Date   Sun, 5 Oct 2008 08:52:46 -0400

Hi All,

I am new to Stata: moved from SPSS a week ago. I am hoping that someone can help me with what I imagine is a simple issue. I saved an SPSS file as a Stata one. I am 
working my way through the user guide and the data management manual, but I am having difficulty with confirming whether Stata recognizes variables as continuous 
(or scale) or categorical/dichotomous (or nominal). In SPSS, you can easily identify whether the type of measure is a scale, nominal, or string with its drop down menu in 
the variable view. It would be a great help, and I would appreciate it very much if someone would tell me the method to confirm the data type for 
categorical/dichotomous and for continuous variables? Thank you.

Best regards,
Frank






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